now in bloom on my patio
Plants Blooming or Budding Now:
Fragrant shade plants in bloom:Daphne odora; clustered flowers pink and white inside, purple out; smells exactly like the classic cologne "4711"
Camellia japonica "Kramer's Supreme"; brilliant red peony form; smells like the wax used to make chewable Halloween toys such as wax flutes.
Brunfelsia australis; purple flowers that turn blue, then white; smells similar to Stargazer lilies
Fragrant shade plants in bud:Brunfelsia pauciflora "Floribunda"
Fragrant part-shade plants in bloom:Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive); extremely tiny flowers have a heavy, sweet fragrance that I can't describe
Myrtus communis "Compacta"; sweet and slightly turpentine
Jasminum polyanthum (Pink Jasmine); flowers white with pink bases, very strong and sweet
Heliotropium arborescens 'Lord Robert'; smells like vanilla
Epidendrum ibaguense (Crucifix Orchid); just a slight undefinable orchidy scent, for a few afternoon hours
Fragrant part-shade plants in bud:Gardenia augusta "Veitchii"
Gardenia augusta "August Beauty"
Gardenia augusta "Mystery"
Gardenia augusta "Radicans"
Gardenia augusta "White Gem"
Fragrant sun plants in bloom:Senecio rowleyanus (String of Beads); white clove-scented tufts not much bigger than the spherical leaves
Senna artemisiodes (Feathery Cassia); bright yellow; can't classify the sweet scent
Dianthus Modern Pink "Allwoodii"; clove-scented single pink flowers
Citrus limon "Improved Meyer" (Dwarf Meyer Lemon); flowers and leaves smell like lemon lollipops
Lantana camara (smells vaguely of mint but accompanied by strong weedy odor that I'm learning to like; flowerheads open pink and yellow and mature to orange and red)
Fragrant sun plants in bud:Magnolia soulangiana "Athena" (deciduous; spring bloom; 10-inch flowers, white inside, purple outside, smell like Hawaiian Punch)
Magnolia grandiflora "Little Gem" (evergreen, leaves glossy dark green above, with rusty fuzzy undersides; spring-summer-fall bloom; 5-inch white flowers, classic intoxicating magnolia fragrance at human nose level (slow to 15 feet)
Blooming in full Shade, just color:
Cyclamen persicum, in smooth hot pink and ruffled white with red edges
Camellia japonica (pink rose form)
Primula, Polyanthus Group, in blue, purple, yellow, and red
Blooming in full Sun, just color:
Bougainvillea Royal Purple (brilliant purple)
Bougainvillea Carmen (deep purplish-red)
Bougainvillea San Diego Red (bright red)
Strelizia (Bird of
Diascia "Blackthorn Apricot)
"Viridis" (brilliant yellow petals and centers)
(Princess Flower) (large, flat deep purple flowers with prominent tangly
Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (hot pink and orangish yellow)
Crassula ovata (Jade Tree) (star shaped pinkish white flowers)
Duranta erecta (Sky Flower) (sweet light blue flowers, very dark green
leaves, very well-behaved, neat, upright woody plant)
mostly shade, just color:Rhododendrons
Budding in mostly shade,
just color:Dietes irisiodes
Blooming in mostly sun, just
color:Leptospermum scoparium "Snow White" (double white; dark green
leaves and seeds)
Leptospermum scoparium "Ruby Red" (double deep
red; dark red leaves, black seeds)
Leptospermum scoparium "Apple
Blossom" (double pink; reddish green leaves, reddish green seeds)
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis "Mrs. Jimmy Spangler" (single flowers red at
based fading to yellow at edges)
Bougainvillea "Royal Purple"
pulchellum "Compactum" (Pink Breath of Heaven)
Blooming in full sun,
just colorBougainvillea "San Diego Red"
(Poinsettia), in bright red, and marbled pink and dark red
Strelizia (Bird of Paradise)
Coreopsis (Mouse Ear Coreopsis)
Pelargonium (Ivy Geranium) (blinding white with delicate lines of maroon)
THE FUCHSIA HYBRIDS!
Fuchsias In full bloom:First Love (bushy upright; white and pink sepals, semi-double lavendar corollas)
Silver Queen (slightly upright; pink sepals, semi-double lavender corolla)
Southgate (upright with very long weeping branches; huge light pink double flowers)
Flying Clouds (upright; pure white single flowers)
Jingle Bells (upright; deep fuchsia sepals, single pure white corolla)
Dollar Princess (upright; deep fuchsia sepals, deep purple very formal double corolla)
Winston Churchill (upright; deep fuchsia sepals, purple and lilac frilly double corolla)
Fuchsias In full bud:Guinivere (slightly upright; white sepals, blue corolla)
Dusky Rose (trailing; very large, whorled flowers
Baby Blue Eyes (trailing to bushy; very rounded flower shape, deep fuchsia sepals, double lavender corolla, usually with just one dark blue petal)
Golden Marinka (trailing; leaves splotchily varigated with white and light yellow; fuchsia sepals and deeper red corollas)
Voodoo (slightly upright; long
Fuchsias Growing madly, not blooming:White Pixie (upright; small flowers, bubblegum pink sepals, single white corolla)
Nicci's Findling (upright; small flowers, peach sepals, raspberry corolla)
Fuchsias Just Sitting There:Blue Satin (bushy to upright; huge flowers, white sepals, double blue/lavendar corolla)
Evergreen Shrubs, Trees, And Vines Not Blooming Or Budding Right Now:
Just colorFeijoa sellowiana (Pineapple Guava Tree)
Hibiscus rosa-sinesis "White Wings"
Convolvulus tricolor "Blue Ensign" (Bush Morning Glory), from seed
Mandevillea x amoena "Alice Dupont"
Mandevillea sanderi "My Fair Lady"
Disticus riversii (Royal Trumpet Vine)
Fragrant flowering plants resting or just growing:
Rosa Hybrid Tea "Tropicana"
Stephenotis floribunda (Madagascar Jasmine)
Acid Mandarin, varigated)
Citrus Sweet Orange (Navel)
Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange)
Murraya exotica (Orange Jessamine)
Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine)
Cestrum Nocturnum (Night Blooming Jasmine)
Eleagnus pungens "Fruitlandii"
Hoya carnosa (Wax Flower)
Brugmansia x Candida "Plena" (Angel's Trumpet)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle)
Sarcoccoca confusa (Sweet Box)
Beaumontia grandiflora (Herald's Trumpet)
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea), seedlings
Just Color, resting or growing:Bougainvillea "Orange King"
Bougainvillea "Raspberry Ice"
Just sprouting from seed: Nasturtium officinale (Watercress)
In bud: Psidium cattleianum (Strawberry Guava)
Just growingMentha peppermint